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Unity Through Diversity: Harmony in Metal, Stone, Silk and Bamboo (金石丝竹 五音化合)

November 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Mei Han, Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, Middle Tennessee State University

Lecture Demonstration by Mei Han, PhD
Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture
Middle Tennessee State University

Online via Zoom

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MEETING ID: 914 9658 0445 / PASSCODE: 812443

Music lies close to the heart of Chinese civilization. Musical instruments unearthed in China include eight thousand-year-old bone flutes, Bronze Age bell-chimes, as well as instruments made of stone, silk, and bamboo. In this lecture/demo, Mei Han, PhD, Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture at Middle Tennessee State University, takes the audience on a virtual tour of the Center, where over 100 musical instruments from different cultures in China are on display.

Dr. Han is an ethnomusicologist and an internationally acclaimed concert-artist on the zheng (Chinese 21-string long zither). In this lecture/demo Dr. Han highlights a number of Chinese instruments and shares their historical and cultural significance through stories and live performance. Dr. Han will also introduce a number of important fundamentals on Chinese music.

Center for Chinese Music and CultureAbout CCMC

The Center for Chinese Music and Culture (CCMC) at Middle Tennessee State University officially opened on March 17th, 2016. The Center contains a musical instrument gallery, library, archives, and classrooms. Under the direction of Dr. Mei Han, the Center’s initial acquisition consisted of close to a hundred musical instruments from China. The highlight of this collection is a set of 24 replica chime bells from the royal court of Zenghou Yi (433 BCE) complete with a companion set of 18 stone chimes made specifically for the Center in Hubei Province, China. The Center’s archives now house the late Dr. Fredric Lieberman’s entire collection of Chinese music donated by his family. Center activities include a concert and lecture series; academic exchange programs; Chinese musical instrument instruction and ensemble performances as MTSU School of Music credit courses; and school and community outreach programs.


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November 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm